The cargo handled at the port of Maputo may total 14 million tons this year according to projections from the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), the port’s manager.
Osório Lucas, the interim chief executive of MPDC said that in the last eight years the port had seen the cargo it handles triple, from 4 million tons in 2003 to 11.8 million tons in 2011.
Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Lucas said that the approved expansion plan outlined that the volume of cargo handled at the port would reach 40 million tons in the next five to six years.
This projection is based on an expected increase in bulk and general cargo from 2 million tons at the moment to 8 million tons per year as well as a rise in the amounts exported via the Coal Terminal, from 6 million tons now to 30 million tons per year, 20 million tons of which will be coal and 10 million tons will be magnetite.
The port of Maputo includes the Container Terminals, managed by DP World, the Vehicle and Coal terminals managed by Grindrod, the Sugar terminal managed by Maputo Sugar Terminal (STAM), the Citrus Fruit terminal operated by FTP – Fresh Produce Terminals (Moçambique) and the Grain, Aluminium and Fuel terminals, all in Matola, managed by state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique. (macauhub)